Video dispatch 21: Al-Jazeera: Why can’t Arab armies be more humane like Israel’s?

January 16, 2014

A photo of Homs in Syria from January 2013. Today, Homs and other Syrian cities look even worse

 

“WHY DON’T THEY LEARN FROM THE ISRAELI ARMY WHICH TRIES, THROUGH GREAT EFFORTS, TO AVOID SHELLING AREAS POPULATED BY CIVILIANS IN LEBANON AND PALESTINE?”

[Note by Tom Gross]

I attach a remarkable new video from Al-Jazeera (the Arabic version of al-Jazeera) in which the presenter, Faisal Al-Qaseem, asks his audience why Arab armies (and in particular the Iranian proxy organization Hizbullah) can’t act in a more humane way to civilians, like the Israeli and French militaries do. The discussion took place on one of the channel’s flagship live discussion shows, The Opposite Direction. (The guest in the video on the right, Mr Muhammed, also agrees with him.)

Among the questions posed on air:

“Why don’t they learn from the Israeli army which tries, through great efforts, to avoid shelling areas populated by civilians in Lebanon and Palestine? Didn’t Hezbollah take shelter in areas populated by civilians because it knows that Israeli air force doesn’t bomb those areas? Why doesn’t the Syrian army respect premises of universities, schools or inhabited neighborhoods? Why does it shell even the areas of its supporters? …

“I will also give you the example of France. All Syrians remember that the French forces, when they occupied Syria tried to avoid, when rebels entered mosques or schools, they stopped. The people would prefer that France come back! For god’s sake, if a referendum were to be held… if people were to be asked, who would you prefer the current regime or the French, I swear by God they would have preferred the French.”

“The Israeli army, if it wanted to break up a demonstration, would have used water cannons or rubber bullets, not rockets or explosive barrels as happens in Aleppo today.

“You mustn’t compare the Syrian army with French or Israeli… The Israeli army didn’t shell Aleppo University and students there. They didn’t shell the university with rockets killing dozens of students… The Israelis or the French didn’t kill their people. Please tell me how many of their people did the French army kill?”

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You can watch the video below. One wonders when Western news outlets, such as The Guardian and BBC, which day after day single out Israel for denigration, will be as honest as this al-Jazeera anchor and studio guest?



 

UPDATE, January 19, 2014

Here are a few of the news sites and blogs that cite or link back to this webpage on Tom Gross Media:

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/01/17/al-jazeera-host-asks-why-cant-arab-armies-be-more-humane-like-israel-video/

http://israelmatzav.blogspot.cz/2014/01/al-jazeera-why-cant-arab-armies-be-more.html

Jerusalem Post

In Spanish:

http://bajurtov.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/al-jaazera-lo-reconoce-por-que-los-ejercitos-arabes-no-pueden-ser-tan-humanos-como-el-de-israel/

In French:

http://www.jeuxvideo.com/forums/1-69-4044761-1-0-1-0-tele-arabe-vante-humanite-israelienne.htm

In Canada:

http://www.freedominion.ca/phpBB2/viewtopic.phpf=28&t=166726

In Israel:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/arab-tv-host-touts-israels-humanity

In Sweden & Finland:

http://bloggen.fi/islamsfall/2014/01/17/al-jazeera-varfor-kan-inte-hezbollah-och-assads-arme-vara-lika-human-som-israels-arme-mot-civila/

http://matzav.com/video-al-jazeera-host-asks-why-can%E2%80%99t-arab-armies-be-more-humane-like-israel

 

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* Video dispatch 2: Iran: Zuckerberg created Facebook on behalf of the Mossad

* Video dispatch 3: Vladimir Putin sings “Blueberry Hill” (& opera in the mall)

* Video dispatch 4: While some choose boycotts, others choose “Life”

* Video dispatch 5: A Jewish tune with a universal appeal

* Video dispatch 6: Carrying out acts of terror is nothing new for the Assad family

* Video dispatch 7: A brave woman stands up to the Imam (& Supporting Bin Laden in London)

* Video dispatch 8: Syrians burn Iranian and Russian Flags (Not Israeli and U.S. ones)

* Video Dispatch 9: “The one state solution for a better Middle East...”

* Video dispatch 10: British TV discovers the next revolutionary wave of Israeli technology

* Video dispatch 11: “Freedom, Freedom!” How some foreign media are reporting the truth about Syria

* Video dispatch 12: All I want for Christmas is...

* Video dispatch 13: “The amazing Israeli innovations Obama will see this week (& Tchaikovsky Flashwaltz!)

* Video dispatch 14: Jon Stewart under fire in Egypt (& Kid President meets Real President)

* Video dispatch 15: A rare BBC recording from 1945: Survivors in Belsen sing Hatikvah (& “No Place on Earth”)

* Video dispatch 16: Joshua Prager: “In search for the man who broke my neck”

* Video dispatch 17: Pushback against the “dictator Erdogan” - Videos from the “Turkish summer”

* Video dispatch 18: Syrian refugees: “May God bless Israel”

* Video dispatch 19: An uplifting video (& ‘Kenya calls in Israeli special forces to help end mall siege’)

* Video dispatch 20: No Woman, No Drive: First stirrings of Saudi democracy?

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